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How to be a successful travel blogger

I’m posting this graphic to inspire me to become one. If you’re planning to be a travel blogger, don’t just be, but be a travel blogger that inspires and motivates. How you’re going to do that?… Here are helpful suggestions to get you started.

Good Luck!

How to be a successful Travel Blogger


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How to get to Siquijor from Cebu?

You landed on this page because you’re searching how to get to Siquijor Island if your jump off point is Cebu City, right?

There are actually a lot of alternatives, like taking the bus off at the end of Cebu Island then take the ferry to Negros Island and then ride all the way to Dumaguete City then ride a boat to Siquijor. But I haven’t taken that road, so I’m taking you rather to another route.

First off, as of post date it’s only Ocean Jet, a fast-light ferry, that is servicing Cebu-Tagbilaran-Dumaguete-Siquijor and vice versa sea route, I hope there’ll be more competitors coming so fare will slide down a little.

Ocean Jet has only two departure schedules to Siquijor every day, one leaves at 6am and the last trip, so they say, leaves at 3pm. We took the 3pm sched since we had to fly in from Davao in the morning; we touched down Mactan International Airport at about 11am and immediately took a cab to Pier 1. PS, please take the cab lining up the upper deck of the airport, not the airport limousine waiting at the arrival, they’re pricey and flags fix rate at P350. I could have just paid P200 at the least had I taken the regular cabs at the upper deck or the departure area.

This is our first time taking this route so I’ve researched online where and how to get Ocean Jet tickets; it would have been convenient if their online ticketing portal has been enabled, sadly, it’s for view only. Anyway, I won’t confuse you anymore as I was so with my previous researches, so here;

How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?

When you’re in Cebu, go straight to Pier 1 gate, this place was burning hot when we got here, kind of not so friendly when you have kids tagging, glad I had four-fold umbrella and bottles of water. Ocean Jet issues tickets 2 days at the most for advance purchases and was ever happy we made it and secured tickets for four. Adults pay at P1,050.00 and kids 11years old and below gets minor discount and collects P525.00@.

How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?Ocean Jet Ticketing office at Pier 1, Cebu City

Since we were able to purchase tickets without flaw and delay, we didn’t stay at the pier for long, we still have about three hours before boarding the vessel so we took a cab again and cooled off at SM Cebu Reclamation area. It’s just few minutes away from the pier, an ample time to wash up and eat out.

How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?

Gaming while waiting …
How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?

At around 2pm, we went back to pier 1 and checked in at the Ocean Jet counter for seat assignment and waited here … I think this company has to work on the renovation of their waiting lounge, kind of musty and dark in here, I thought it’s kind of of cheap, underground bar where women stripping and dancing at the far, dark end of the room. Sorry about this, it’s just a traveler’s observation, take it as a comment to improve this facility. It was hot summer when we got here, so there were a bunch of foreigners of all colors passing here and there, half of the vessel passengers were actually foreign tourists.

How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?
Ocean Jet waiting lounge

How to go to Siquijor from Cebu?

There was a 30-minute delay, but we boarded finally. After Tagbilaran and Dumaguete stopovers, we arrived at Siquijor town port at exactly 8:35 in the evening, glad our contact at the island waited for us at the pier of Isla del Fuego, too exhausted from a long sitting at the water jet and so we slept like a baby by sea.

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For your travel convenience, get the best travel app today

One of the glorious reasons why I work hard, I want to experience how it’s like under these Sakura, it’s doesn’t really matter whether its in Korea or Japan ;) so now, I’m religiously trying to find good hotel and flight deals with my best travel app.

Remember those times when airline companies would hand you a booklet for your flight ticket? I had my share of that 80’s period where my sole name is printed on a check-like sturdy paper and is tucked in a booklet, they’re like perfect scrap book material for ‘my first plane ride’ and would be passengers would be treated to a coffee while waiting for the flight to be booked. Traveling in the heyday was enjoyed only by few privileged and I must say I was lucky I was one of those.

And in just a matter of few flights back, I haven’t even rounded my country yet this culture has changed so drastically, so fast that in just a matter of seconds you get your flight confirmed with just a lowly laser print-out and is even enough to let you check-in and board the airplane.

Aircraft technology, internet technology, fast-paced economy and the rise of tourism industry has made everything this fast and easy for everybody. Today, travelers who have access to internet can now freely find flights at their most convenient and at a rate so fit for everyone’s budget.

But wait, this sophistication does not end here; the rise of smart phones, smart pads and wireless technology has intensified this flying culture even more. Smartphone travel applications are now on the rise to serve us more effectively, efficiently and conveniently, hence, access the most opportune and open schedules for our next flight. Gone are the days where we have to go back home or to sit down in our laptops or PC’s to book our flight, our smart phones can now be loaded with the Best Travel Apps so we can check on our favored airline schedules and book our flight while on the go, what is more convenient is that even hotel bookings can now be done through this apps. As a matter of fact, as I write I’m browsing my efficient best travel app ever for a cheap accommodation, convenient flight schedule on a sale to Subic.

Indeed, today’s travel culture has changed, it has change to suit everyone’s lifestyle, it has change to give everyone a chance to travel around, it’s like telling us, go and see the world and all you need is a smart phone in the palm of your hand.

In closing, there might be no free coffee at the booking center anymore, but who cares when everyone and not just the privileged few can now fly and see how it’s like to experience Sakura in spring in the land of the morning calm.

So for your first world convenience, get your Smartphone loaded with the best travel app today and start planning your next happy trip, good luck!

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Music and Travel

Salagdoong human-made forest, Siquijor Island

Music seems to be part of our daily routine. We often listen to music at home or at work. We listen while we are busy doing something or even while doing nothing. Even while we are traveling we bring music along with us through our various gadgets while some actually bring musical instruments with them. Those who might have huge bags might bring their used bach trumpets at guitar center along. Music helps in fighting the boredom as we travel on bus, plane or boat for several hours. It also heightens our excitement as we approach our destination. And while we arrive at our destination such as beautiful summer getaways, music provides us with the soundtrack as drink in the magnificent view.

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This Year’s Top Travelling Tips for Thailand

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world, and it is easy to see why. With the north being the cultural centre, and the surrounding islands representing paradise for backpackers, Thailand experiences millions of tourists every year. Whether you’re looking for a shopping trip of a lifetime in Bangkok, or a relaxing break on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand has it all, however if it is your first time visiting the country, there are some things you’ll want to take note of. Let’s take a look at this year’s top travelling trips for Thailand.

Long Boats at the port on Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Flying to Thailand

Flights from Australia to Thailand take around 8 hours, depending on which airport you fly from, while a flight from the UK can be more like 12 hours. Too many holidaymakers pay over the odds for their flight, simply because they book them at the wrong place and at the wrong time. This summer, be sure to visit, and save yourself some money in the long run!

 Sun Cream

You might think that sun cream would be an obvious item to take to Thailand, and you would be right – however where you buy it is also crucial. The major airports in Thailand have very strict rules about what measurements of sun cream (and other fluids) you can bring in your hand luggage, compared to the smaller island airports where regulations are more relaxed. For example, you could buy sun cream at a small domestic island airport and keep it as hand luggage, however the same amount might not be allowed in your hand luggage at a major airport.

Many tourists have complained about spending lots of money in duty free on liquids such as sun cream, only to find that they can’t take it on to their connecting flight in their hand luggage. If you main suitcase as already boarded the aircraft, then you’re going to have to give up your purchase to the inspection authorities. To avoid such dismay, buy sun cream in small amounts. It is better to head to the shops every other day for a new bottle instead of losing your collection at the next airport.

 Taxi Drivers

As most people fly direct to Bangkok, be sure to get into a taxi cab with a meter when you get out of the airport terminal. The drivers without meters basically have the freedom to charge you whatever you like, and usually will if they see you’re a tourist. TukTuks are also a good option, as for the lack of comfort you can usually barter them down to a more reasonable price.

Fake Items

One thing the islands around Thailand are known for, as well as some major shopping districts in the city, is fake clothes. From shoes to trainers, t-shirts to electronic equipment, fake goods can be found everywhere, and the government has found it hard to contain the growing number of markets due to the ever-increasing attraction to tourists.

Buying fake goods won’t get you in trouble in Thailand, however it is recommended that you don’t openly flaunt your purchases at the airports, as customs have the right to take them from you. For example, turning up to your check-in terminal with the latest trainers, designer glasses and a luxury handbag will certainly grab someone’s attention, so keep your new purchases to yourself and leave them in your suitcase.


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